The 100% Italian company, is really moving like a F1 in designing, producing and launching on the market new products, among which a great line of sling spearguns. In this dossier, after having « shocked » with a carbon fibre barrel speargun, the Salvimar Wild Carbo in the dossier of sling guns below 100 € list price, Salvimar is well present with the Vodoo, Vodoo Rail Open, the V Pro, the Metal and, incredibly enough, of course in the upper part of the price range of the dossier, with the Wild Carbo Roller.
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Salvimar Metal is indeed a sling speargun who is setting the pace for all the competitors. Evidently, it is in the absolute highest price range of this dossier, with a list price of its shortest version, the 75 cm, of 198 €, and a discounted price on the web, at the moment this article is published, equal to 155 €. In this price, key is the fact that either a Mini Reel or a Max Reel are included. The Metal release mechanism is in all respects a high technology and design product that elevates the Metal sling speargun to a very high level of performance. Lenghts available for the Salvimar Metal are: 75, 85, 95, 105, 115 and 125 cm, where the longest versions indicate the possibility of very heavy loads for longer shots. For best price guaranteed on-line of the Salvimar Metal click here.
Muzzle e bands
Salvimar Metal has what the company indicates as Enclosed Track, but in reality the short passage of the shaft on top of the muzzle is not totally a closed track, but definately holds well the shaft on both sides, compared to more standard solutions. The material used for the muzzle is a 30% glass loaded Nylon. The design of the muzzle is the traditional one by Salvimar for what concerns the elastic bands, with a single passage for all the circular bands, insertable in up to 3 of 14 mm diameter, or 2 of larger diameter. Standard setup of the Salvimar Metal is double circular bands of 14 mm diameter and 3.5 (350%) elongation coefficient. The inferior line holder is very compact and made with steel wire for greater duration. The wishbones are in tied Dyneema.
The barrel is made with a 28 mm external diameter aeronautical anodized aluminium tube and integrated shaft guide. Thickness of the walls of the tube of the barrel is equal to 1.3 mm. Water sealing of connection between muzzle-barrel and handle is made with double O-rings.
Release mechanism is the key element of this advanced sling speargun. First of all the release mechanism is made of 100% 304 stainless steel, including the castle, and the trigger. Moreover the steel structure (box) containing the release mechanism has been thickened to improve rigidity and resistance. In addition, another key element of the system is the fact that both sear and trigger are produced using MIM (Metal Inkjection Moulding technology), which permits to obtain amazingly precise components, and a very beautiful trigger. And more: the sear is complete with a roller wheel made of 17-4PH stainless steel thermally treated for best superficial hardness and resistance to load and wear. This roller wheel avoids one of the main problems with metal to metal contact of the sear and the trigger, that after a certain time of use (depending on the quality and superficial hardness of the metal) tend to wear, change the angles of contact and finally modify the hardness of the trigger when shooting. The roller wheel avoids this and has the aim to smoothen the trigger movement in the shot, improving precision of the shot itself. All this permits also to have a max load of 350 Kg.
The line release lever is in the modern and most efficient lateral position and it is also made of steel, always a good solution to resist to wear and deformation. Such lever can be quite easily moved from the right to the left side of the handle. In addition, the sensitivity of the trigger can be regulated with a screw positioned under the hilt.
The security system is positioned in such a way that the right handers can perfectly feel the « button » coming out of the handle signaling the lock is on. This works also for left handers, but is a little less effective are they will feel nothing and from that will need to understand the lock is on, and when the lock will be off they will feel in the palm at the base of the index finder the « button » of the lock coming out.
The handle has an anathomical left and right hander design and is made of 30% glass loaded nylon, just as the muzzle, and has a special softer anti-slip grey colour element on the back side where the palm of the hand adheres. There is no « wing » that permits to best position the line away from the line of aim. The handle is designed to mount any Salvimar Reel (best guaranteed on-line price at this link). In the bottom part of the handgrip there is a well designed and integrated passage, one piece with the grip, for positioning a line. In the rear part the handle a well shaped and good dimensions dismountable gun butt is present.
The shaft is a 6.5 mm diameter until the length of 105 cm, and 7.0 mm diameter from the 115 cm length, made of burnished 17-4 ph stainless steel tahitian with single barb and 3 Laser welded shark fins. An O-ring for keeping the barb in position before the shot is included.
Mini or Max Reel, Nylon line and 2 sleeves plus shaft barb silicone O-Ring.
The Salvimar Metal is really something that hits the market hard, having its ace in the Metal release mechanism, being today one of the most advanced and refined on the market. The speargun is excellently designed and complete in its offer. Laser weldings and MIM technology indicate the strong and constant effort by Salvimar in research and development. Wanting to find something missing, only lateral wings on the handle, the ones that help keeping the line out of the line of aim, are missing.
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